FOR MILES – Students at St. Bernard’s School in Breaux Bridge collect loose change for Change for Miles benefiting Miles Perret Cancer Services. Change collected by the students, faculty and staff totaled $7,621.47. Over the past three years, they have raised more than $25,000 for the Change for Miles campaign. All the funds raised will stay in Acadiana helping the more than 7,000 families with free cancer services. For more information on how to help, visit www.mileperret.org.
ARBOR DAY – The St. Martinville Garden Club celebrated Arbor Day on April 1 by planting a live oak tree on the grounds of the East Side Housing Development. Joining club members were Larry Pratt, executive director of the Housing Authority; Melton James, maintenance supervisor; and residents of two nearby apartments. Marjorie Melancon, Arbor Day chairman of the club, presented a brief program about the history of Arbor Day and the benefits trees provide and concluded by reading the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. (Submitted)
FOREIGN WRITERS listen as Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette, a commercial fisherman and trapper, describes the trials and joys of making a living in the swamp. The international group of novelists, journalists, poets and filmmakers are touring the South as part of “Writers in Motion,” a program of the University of Iowa. Local author-photographer Greg Guirard served as their guide to the Cajun country of the Atchafalaya Basin. The theme of the tour is “Fall and Recovery,” dealing with the aftermaths of the Civil War, Katrina and the BP oil spill. (Ken Grissom)
FINAL TOUCHES – Members of the Breaux Bridge Garden Club coach Annie Stohl as she touches up Blooming on the Bayou signs in preparation for the event Saturday April 16 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Veteran’s Park. Other booths will be set up in front of downtown stores. There will be plants, garden items, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, as well as food and drinks. Call 277-4517 for information. Acting up in this photo are (from left) Marce Lacouture, Elaine Melancon, Gloria Latiolais, Linda Price, Lynn Roy, Jennifer Casanova, Deanna Welsh and Annie Stohl. Not shown: Elsie Castille and Barbara Bird. (Ken Grissom)
KIWANIS BUILDERS CLUB YOUTH from Trinity Catholic School in St. Martinville donated two cartons of toiletries Thursday, March 31, to Rayne’s Christian Service Center to aid victims of Rayne’s March 5 tornado. Members of the St. Martinville Kiwanis-sponsored club for seventh and eighth graders included, kneeling from left, Raven Kidder, Vice President Allie Champagne Alayna Sonnier; Lauren Richard; second row, Secretary Raya Jacob, Connor Breaux, Club President Marian Mouton, and Club Treasurer. They were joined by, third row from left, Kiwanis President Margaret Richard, Kiwanis Secretary Jean L. Potier, Hilda Wiltz, Center board president; Dorothy Cole, center director; fourth row, Michael Carter, Charles Sinegal, Joyce Richard; fifth row, Gloria Granger, Geneive Julian and Sammy Harmon. The St. Martinville group toured the storm damaged area after they made their donation. (Paul Kedinger, Acadian-Tribune)
GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY is first prize in the Breaux Bridge Garden Club’s raffle during the 7th annual Blooming on the Bayou Plant Sale and Old Fashion Trade Day in Veteran’s Park, Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The weekend getaway includes Friday and Saturday evening accommodations for four at Bayou Teche Bed & Breakfast. Second prize is a gift basket valued at over $300 with items and gift certificates from area businesses. Third prize is a $150 gift certificate from Louisiana Purchases and Frank Dupuis. Raffle tickets are $1 each and may be purchased at any downtown merchant. Out marketing the raffle are (from left) Deanna Welsh, Linda Price, Jennifer Casanova, Elaine Melancon, Gloria Latiolais, Annie Stohl, Marce Lacouture, and Lynn Roy. Not shown: Elsie Castille and Barbara Bird. (Ken Grissom)